They don’t have much to work with. Despite its popularity and impact, AEW has not been around very long. They have only been running weekly television shows for about four and a half months and that isn’t enough time to really set things up very well. That will change in time, but so far they are still in their rookie year of running shows. Therefore, title changes mean a lot and that was the case on Tuesday.
The AEW women’s division has been one of the most controversial points in the company’s history. The division has mainly been built around joshi (Japanese women) talent and that makes for some very different matches. There has been some high quality work and that means things have been mostly entertaining. At the same time though, something had to change at the top and that was the case this week.
During this week’s Dynamite, Nyla Rose defeated Riho to win the AEW Women’s Title. This is the first title change, as Riho won the title in a tournament final, defeating Rose in the process, to become the inaugural champion. This is Riho’s first singles loss in AEW and only her third loss in the company whatsoever, as she had lost a pair of tag matches. There is no word on if there will be a rematch.
They’ve fought before. Check out their initial match:
Opinion: This is something that needed to happen as you can only have Riho overcome the odds so many times. Rose is the kind of monster who has to win something at some point to keep up her level of dominance and they had reached her breaking point. They made the right call here as they really didn’t have another choice. Riho can have a rematch but for now, Rose is the right call.
Do you like the title change? How long will Rose hold the title? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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